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Archive for Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kjrsten Abel Ruch, 4-H Program Coordinator at the Douglas Count Extension Office, 2110 Harper St., sits on a stability ball at her desk instead of in a chair to help straighten her posture and strengthen her core. Douglas County Extension staffers are among office employees who are choosing to stand rather than sit or use other ergonomically friendly methods to avoid chronic pain and stiffness and otherwise improve their health. Office workers make a stand for better posture
July 16, 2013
Kjrsten Abel Ruch and Pam Heikes were both standing on a recent day at work. That wouldn’t be out of the ordinary at a factory or warehouse. But they work at an office, where they spend most of the days looking at a computer screen. The Douglas County Extension staffers are among office employees — in Lawrence and across the country — who are choosing to stand rather than sit at work or utilize other ergonomically friendly methods to avoid chronic pain and stiffness and otherwise improve their health. By Giles Bruce
10:30 a.m.
A voter heads to a polling precinct at Central United Methodist Church before noon Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Polls will close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. County budget reflects added cost of voter ID laws
July 15, 2013
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew is expecting additional costs in next year’s elections due to the state’s new voter ID law. That law requires new voters to show proof of citizenship in order to register. By Peter Hancock
12:30 p.m.
Barbara Werbe Meek, a 1960 Kansas University graduate, is pictured with her daughters, Sheryl Lee (left) and Mindy Piontek, in this photo provided by the KU Endowment Association. KU Endowment announces $1 million unrestricted gift from alumna, based on late husband’s wishes
July 15, 2013
The Kansas University Endowment Association announced a rare kind of gift Monday, thanks to one of the last wishes of a KU alumnus who died in 1999. Barbara Werbe Meek, a 1960 KU graduate who lives in Baton Rouge, La., has committed to a $1 million gift to KU, the Endowment announced. The gift is unrestricted, meaning it can be used for any purpose at KU with the approval of the Endowment’s Executive Committee. By Matt Erickson
4:33 p.m.
Lines form Wednesday outside the Statehouse to sign a banner asking Gov. Sam Brownback to "carve out" long-term care for those with disabilities from KanCare.    Advocates for those with developmental disabilities urge state to abandon proposal
July 16, 2013
Opponents of putting long-term services for those with developmental disabilities under KanCare made a last-ditch plea to state officials on Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild

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City Commission approves Rock Chalk Park
July 16, 2013
Construction on the Rock Chalk Park recreation center should begin soon, after the Lawrence city commissioners approved the project Tuesday night. By Giles Bruce
Andrew Wiggins named Gatorade male high school athlete of the year
09:49 p.m., July 16, 2013 Updated 12:20 a.m.
Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins was named Gatorade male high school athlete of the year at an awards banquet on Tuesday in Los Angeles. By Gary Bedore
Lawrence school officials uncertain about impact of Westar rate proposal
July 16, 2013
Westar Energy is proposing a new rate structure that would raise bills for residential and small-business customers but lower costs for schools and big industries. But how the rate change would affect the Lawrence school district remains unknown. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence man charged with rape, kidnapping, held on $100,000 bond
July 16, 2013
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 48-year-old Lawrence man with rape and aggravated kidnapping in connection with an alleged sexual assault early Sunday morning at an apartment in south Lawrence. By Ian Cummings
Advocates for those with developmental disabilities urge state to abandon proposal
July 16, 2013
Opponents of putting long-term services for those with developmental disabilities under KanCare made a last-ditch plea to state officials on Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild
County audit finds no major problems but cites need for additional financial controls
July 16, 2013
The annual financial audit of the county found no major accounting problems. But it does criticize the handling of one project that was funded with economic development incentives. By Peter Hancock
Voting rights advocates fear problems with proof of citizenship requirement will mean many lost votes; board rejects Kobach modification
July 16, 2013
Voting rights advocates today voiced concerns that thousands of Kansans will be unable to vote because of implementation snags that have hit a new proof of citizenship requirement. By Scott Rothschild
KU Hospital lands nine programs in U.S. News top-50 rankings
July 16, 2013
Kansas University Hospital placed nine specialty programs in the latest U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospital” rankings released today, with its cancer program jumping into the top 30 in the country. By Staff Reports
25 years ago: Golfers to arrive next week for Kansas Open
July 16, 2013
For the second year in a row, proceeds from the annual event were to benefit Cottonwood Inc.
40 years ago: Plans move forward for Citizens Advisory Council
July 16, 2013
Former city commissioners had agreed to serve as the core of the new council.
100 years ago: Week of record heat not slowing picnic plans
July 16, 2013
“Get your groceries and meat today for you may not get a chance to get more until Friday….”
Editorial: Verdict is in
The jury has done its job in a widely debated Florida shooting case. It’s time for the media and the nation to move forward.
July 16, 2013
A Florida jury has reached its decision in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, but, for better or worse, this case will continue to reverberate across the nation.
Horoscopes for July 16
July 16, 2013
For Tuesday, July 16 This year, opportunity after opportunity seems to head your way. You will feel like a kid in a candy store. If you are single, you could be attracted to someone older or more serious. If you are attached, the two of you are likely to add a concrete manifestation of your caring.
Eastside Village Lawrence to host first public fundraiser
12:00 a.m., July 16, 2013 Updated 10:25 p.m.
Eastside Village Lawrence, an in-progress organization created last summer, is hosting its first public fundraiser later this week. The group is part of the nationwide Village to Village Network, which helps communities establish a network of volunteers within neighborhoods to provide services to senior citizens.
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department receives national award
July 16, 2013
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department received the Model Practice Award from the National Association of County and Health Officials for its project, “Developing Tools for Improving Compliance with Child Care Licensing Regulations.”
Office workers make a stand for better posture
July 16, 2013
Kjrsten Abel Ruch and Pam Heikes were both standing on a recent day at work. That wouldn’t be out of the ordinary at a factory or warehouse. But they work at an office, where they spend most of the days looking at a computer screen. The Douglas County Extension staffers are among office employees — in Lawrence and across the country — who are choosing to stand rather than sit at work or utilize other ergonomically friendly methods to avoid chronic pain and stiffness and otherwise improve their health. By Giles Bruce
Opinion: Verdict leaves key question unanswered
July 16, 2013 in print edition on A8
Let us give the jury the benefit of the doubt. Let us assume that, within the narrow constraints of the evidence at hand and Florida’s bizarre gun laws, six good women rendered the only verdict they could Saturday night in acquitting George Zimmerman of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Even so, the problem remains. Whatever legal closure it gives, this verdict does not satisfy, any more than a guilty verdict would have, the central moral question here:
Opinion: U.S. needs Afghanistan exit strategy
July 16, 2013 in print edition on A8
If President Obama has any strategy for a decent exit from Afghanistan, he is certainly keeping it a secret. The latest White House effort to jump-start peace talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, ended in an embarrassing fiasco. Then, last week, the White House once again floated the idea that it would pursue a “zero option” in Afghanistan, meaning Washington would leave no residual force behind after U.S. troops exit in 2014.